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Suppose to be comedic? Indie? Minimalist (less story Is more)? Left confused, cool cinematography at beginning and closing....everything in the middle, anti climatic, disinterested. I tried
The Zellner Brothers wanted to create something that pokes fun at the genre and mixes things up in a creative and refreshing way. Unfortunately, the result is mildly funny and disappointingly predictable film.
Throwing darts at genre conventions while honouring what is eternally mythic about the milieu, this comedy-drama draws off-kilter performances from Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska that subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) reframe archetypes and consistently set us back on our heels.
The writer-directors are so intent on upending expectations and startling the audience that the effort shows far too much and, in the weak second half, ends up being terribly self-conscious.
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If you’re looking for a hero who travels with a miniature horse named “Butterscotch” that is capable of transporting only a caged chicken on her back, then Damsel is the deadpan Western comedy for you. Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson) is a pioneer who is allegedly traversing the American frontier to marry Penelope (Mia Wasikowska), the love of his life. Along the way, Samuel recruits “Parson” Henry (David Zellner) to travel with him to Penelope’s home and marry them immediately. As you might suspect in a tale involving a miniature horse and a “Parson”, things do not go as planned.
Written and directed by David Zellner, Nathan Zellner and also starring Robert Forster, Nathan Zellner, and Joe Billingiere.
- Robert Pattinson
- Mia Wasikowska
- David Zellner
- Nathan Zellner
- Robert Forster
- Joseph Billingiere
- Morgan Lund
- Ray Kelleher
- Robyn Adams
- Gary Brookins
Did You Know?
- Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson were supposed to star in another western called Brimstone (2016). Both dropped out from the production weeks before filming began.